It came down to one question. The final moment and deciding factor of who would be named Miss Universe. And Venus Raj? She blew it.
The judge asked Taj, “What is the biggest mistake that you’ve ever made in your life and what did you do to make it right?” That’s a tough one. Most would probably not want to answer that one honestly, like “the time I did 15 shots of Jager and woke up wearing only a tutu in a bar bathroom,” or “when I killed a man, just to watch him die,” well that wouldn’t really fly now would it? But Miss Universe contestants aren’t those kind of people anyways. Raj’s reply? Pretty boring…and well, odd. She said:
“Thank you so much sir for that wonderful question. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Good evening Las Vegas! You know what sir in my 22 years of existence I can say there is nothing major, I mean problem that I have done in my life because I am very confident with my family with the love that they are giving to me. So thank you so much that I am here!”
Those questions are meant to catch people off guard, especially in that nerve racking venue. These final questions are a test to see how quickly you can think on your feet. One issue for these international beauties is the language, since the show is based in English. But even with not having anything “major,” she could have come up with at least something like, ‘being Miss Philippines has kept me busy and away from my family, who I miss and I wish I could have seen more.” Or something that would have won her charity points by saying, ‘I wish I got involved with charitable causes and helping the people of the Philippines earlier in my life, I think I could have done lots of good.’
But I’m not the only one thinking about coulda, shoulda, woulda. You know Raj is probably replaying her answer over and over and over in her head and it’s is keeping her up at night, knowing that her one simple answer is what kept her from world domination!
Do you think her answer is what kept her from the crown?